SUNDAY AT THE FORUM
LOCATION: Online (unless otherwise noted)
TIME: 10:00 am
Sunday, September 27, 2020
On Sunday, September 27, we mark the Feast of St. Bartholomew by celebrating our wonderful community established in his name. The Forum at 10 am will feature our clergy speaking on the fall’s upcoming programming. The Forum live stream will appear here on Sunday morning and stream live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Please email your questions for our clergy to the Reverend Peter Thompson at or post in the comments during the livestream.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
@BlackLiturgies: Black Voices, Worship and Prayer
Cole Arthur Riley, the creator of the Instagram account @blackliturgies, shares some of her beautiful prayers and speaks to the importance of amplifying Black voices in the liturgical life of the Church. https://www.instagram.com/blackliturgies/
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Who Is My Neighbor During a Pandemic? Part 2: Vaccines and Public Health
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Not of Charity, but Justice: Labor Rights and the Common Good
On Labor Day weekend, the Reverend John Wirenius, Deacon of St. Bart's and the Chair of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, discusses the importance of securing labor rights as part of our effort to build a just society. Read a 2011 article by John in The Journal of Catholic Legal Studies: https://scholarship.law.stjohns.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1148&context=jcls
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Women’s Suffrage: 100 Years Later
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of 19th amendment, Lee Ann Banaszak, Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, reflects on the past, present, and future of the women’s rights movement.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Tolle Lege! (Take Up and Read!): Reading as Revelation
Lauren Smith, a PhD student in Religious Studies at Brown University, examines the close connections between the experience of reading great literature and the experience of conversion.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Robert P. Jones (CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute) reflects on his new book, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, which outlines the long and unfortunate connection between white supremacy and Christianity in America.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Racism and Climate Change: Understanding the Link, Preparing for Action
Malik Saafir, GreenFaith’s Arkansas Organizer and a long-time racial justice activist, will speak about these interconnections and how faith communities can make a difference.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
J. Chester Johnson discusses his latest book, Damaged Heritage, the account of his discovery of his beloved grandfather’s participation in the worst race massacre in our country’s history, his meeting of Sheila L. Walker, a descendant of African-American victims of the Massacre, and their commitment to a journey of racial reconciliation and abiding friendship.
Sunday, July 26, 2020
We Are George Floyd: A Filmmaker Reflects on Black Lives Matter Protests
Filmmaker Julian Marshall reflects on the passionate protests that erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the constructive steps we can take to move forward now.
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Responding to COVID-19 Across the Anglican Communion
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Adding to Your Theological Toolbox: Resources for Living with the Realities of Suffering and Grief
The Reverend Molly James, PhD offers guidance on how to cope with the painful episodes that we experience in our lives. James is a theologian, professor and priest and the author of With Joyful Acceptance, Maybe. She currently serves as the deputy executive officer of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. View presentations slides here.
Sunday, July 5, 2020
David Blight, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale, reflects on Frederick Douglass’ landmark Fourth of July oration and the profound questions it continues to raise about patriotism, Christianity, and race.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Playwright Matthew Lopez talks about his award-winning Broadway play and how the struggles of the AIDS crisis remain relevant today.
As we celebrate another Pride month, The Reverend Justin Crisp draws on queer voices and classic Christian theology to offer a new vision of the nature of sex itself. Crisp is Associate Rector and Theologian-in-Residence at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Connecticut and a PhD student at Yale University.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Who is my Neighbor during a Pandemic? A Medical Perspective
Part One: The Current Lockdown and How to Lift it Safely
St. Bart's doctors Jamie Ferrara, Jim Marion, and Peter Scardino discuss the current state of the COVID-19 crisis and what the next steps are.
Sunday, June 7, 2020
The Assumptions of Whiteness and the Challenge of Discipleship.
As protests continue across the country, Bryan Massingale, the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University, joins us for a discussion about how white people can confront their own prejudices and the systemic injustices of the larger culture.
Consider reading two recent articles by Professor Massingale, "The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it" and "The only thing that matters." For more information about Professor Massingale, see "Meet Father Bryan Massingale: A Black, Gay, Catholic Priest Fighting for an Inclusive Church."
Sunday, June 1, 2020
Pentecost 2020: Spreading the Good News Online
This morning at 10 am, our regularly scheduled Forum conversation was set aside as welcomed the Reverend Canon Dr. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation. Thank you to Canon Spellers for leading us to find a way forward.